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2024 CLBC Reparations Press Conference

Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. Announces Legislation to Protect Chronic and Terminally Ill Patients Who Rely on Patient Assistance Programs to Afford Prescription Medications

Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-La Mesa) introduced legislation to protect patient access to prescription medications. AB 2180 would ensure that California health plans, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) count the value of copay assistance that is paid by a patient assistant program on behalf of a chronically or terminally ill patient, toward that patient’s deductible and out-of-pocket maximum expenses.

California Legislative Black Caucus Introduces 2024 Reparations Legislative Package

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Legislative Black Caucus announced the planned introduction of the 2024 Reparations Priority Bill Package. With the release of the historic Reparations Task Force Report last summer, the Caucus has announced its first step in what will be a multi-year effort to implement the legislative recommendations in the report.

Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. Announces Legislation Banning ​​​​​​​the sale of “Gas Station Heroin”

Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-La Mesa) announced her intention to introduce a bill to ban the sale of products containing the ingredient, Tianeptine. This drug, which is not approved by the FDA[1] for any medical use, is being sold as an ingredient in many products in California stores. Common names for Tianeptine include “gas station heroin,” “ZaZa Red,” or “Neptune’s Elixir.”